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 Services at No Charge (F)  Fee for Services ($)
 Sliding Scale (SS)  Insurance Accepted (I)
 Support Group (G)  Serving Berks County (B)
 Serving Lancaster County (L)  Hotline or Helpline (H)
 Appointment Necessary (A)  Drop-Ins Welcome (D)
 Multi-Lingual Services (M)  

ADD/ADHD Parenting Classes & Support Groups
Helping parents with ADD/ADHD, covering a variety of topics. ($, G, L)
3950 Columbia Ave., Columbia, PA 18512

Assisting people with disabilities and students in transition in obtaining competitive employment through pre-employment, job development, job coaching and follow-along services. (B, A, M)
1150 Berkshire Blvd. Suite 160, Wyomissing, PA 19610
1834 Oregon Pk., Lancaster, PA 17601

Arc Alliance Advocacy Services
The Arc of Montgomery, Berks, and Bucks counties provides Advocacy Services.
Advocacy’s role is to promote the individual and collective rights of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Advocates are trained to assist families on a variety of issues including decisions on education, vocation and residential living. Although advocates are not attorneys and cannot offer legal advice, they can offer a wide range of resources that include providing you with the necessary tools to become your own advocate. (B, A, F, $)
3075 Ridge Pike
Eagleville, PA 19403-1538


The Arc of Berks County
Advocacy support for persons with mental retardation including individual rights, special education, benefit issues, specialized services, information & referral and public awareness.
1829 New Holland Rd., Suite 9, Reading, PA 19607

The Arc of Lancaster Co.
Supports individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families, and is a leader of advocacy and community education services in both Lancaster County and Pennsylvania. (L, $, F, A, D)
630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601

Autism Resource Center
Provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for individuals with Autism and for their families, teachers, and therapeutic support specialists. The center has hundreds of print, audio, and video materials on the subject of Autism for use both in the library and at home. It also provides computers equipped with Boardmaker software as well as materials for tactile manipulation for socialization and academic purposes. (B, L, F, D)
125 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

Autism Society of Berks County
Providing education and support to parents and professionals regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder including PDD and Aspberger's Syndrome, offering monthly meetings, conferences, quarterly newsletter, autism email list and informative website. (F, $, G, B, L, H, D)
P.O. Box 6683, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Berks County Learning Disabilities Assn.
Offering support and information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, plus a summer tutoring program for elementary school children. (F, $, B, L)
P.O. Box 6894, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Best Buddies
Best Buddies enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.  They are the first unified, international program that pairs individuals with intellectual disabilities and college or high school students in one-to-one mutually enriching relationships.
1700 Sansom Street, Suite 701, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Information and support about ADHD and related issues. (F, B)

Connect Early Intervention Services

Statewide information/referral helpline covering all aspects of child development and early intervention. Direct referrals for children to be evaluated, information on regulations & social services. (F, G, B, L, H, M)
150 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109

Deaf and Hard Of Hearing Services
Offers testing for hearing problems, aid for deaf and hard of hearing including hearing aids, assistive devices, sign language classes, sign language interpreting, information, advocacy and referral. (F, $, B, L, M)
201 W. Wyomissing Blvd., West Lawn, PA 19609
Voice: 610-685-4520
Text Telephone: 610-685-4525

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Lancaster County
630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601
Voice or Text Tele: 717-291-1839

The Down Syndrome Support Group of the Susquehanna Valley, Inc.
Offers support, guest speakers, social events throughout the year for the entire family, information to parents, professionals and individuals with Down syndrome. Meets the first Thursday of the month, 6:30 8:30 pm, child care is provided on site. (F, L)
Hempfield United Methodist Church
3050 Marietta Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17601

Early Intervention Program
Serving children ages 3 - 5 with special needs, including those with learning, physical or vision problems, speech/language difficulties, behavioral/emotional problems or developmental delays. (F, L)
Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13
1110 Enterprise Rd., East Petersburg, PA 17520

Exceptional Children Services (ECS)
Providing support services to students with special needs, including audiological, vision/hearing impaired, extended school year, interpreting/translation, job training, orientation/mobility, speech, language, occupational and physical therapy. (F, L)
Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13
1110 Enterprise Rd., East Petersburg, PA 17520

Helping Hands, Inc.
Providing supportive programs for individuals and families impacted by developmental disabilities. ($, G, B, A)
415 Hoffmansville Rd., Bechtelsville, PA 19505

IM ABLE Foundation
Foundation exists to remove obstacles that prevent persons affected by disabilities from being physically active. Organization recently spearheaded the installation of the first adaptive playground in Reading at Opportunity House, 430 N. 2nd Street. The playground is open to children of all abilities.
Opportunity House
430 N. 2nd Street
Reading, PA 19601
IM ABLE Foundation

Job Search Assistance
Boone, Mifflin, Reading, and Womelsdorf libraries offer special job search services: skill assessment tools, information about the job market and about financial aid for re-training, job search related materials, computers for use in your search, classes in resume writing, etc., and CareerLink connections
Boone Area Library
129 N. Mill Street
Birdsboro, PA 19508
Mifflin Community Library
6 Philadelphia Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607
Reading Public Library
100 S. Fifth Street
Reading, PA 19602
Womelsdorf Community Library203 West High Street
Womelsdorf, PA 19567

Joni and Friends
Working with churches for disability ministry, family retreats for families with disabled family members, used wheelchair collection, support groups for people affected by disabilities. (F, $, G, B, L, D)
5307 Main St., East Petersburg, PA 17520

The Lancaster County Autism Support Group
Providing support for parents whose children are autistic, including advocacy, guest speakers, monthly newsletter and an avenue for parents to help each other, offering free child care at meetings. (F, G, L)
Meeting at Mount Calvary Evangelical Church
308 E. Petersburg Rd., Lititz, PA 17543

Lancaster County Down Syndrome Support Group
For parents to talk about their children and help them grow, meeting the 4th Fri. month Aug. - Oct. & Jan. - May, offering guest speakers and annual family picnic. (G, L, D)
2195 State St., E. Petersburg, PA 17520

Lancaster County Early Intervention
Early Intervention (EI) consists of services and supports designed to help families with children who may have developmental delays. Provides individualized plans for families to assist their child during daily activities at home and in the community. EI is of no cost to families. (L, F, M)
150 North Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Learning Disabilities Assn. of Lancaster Co.
Offering support and information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, plus referrals to services. (F, G, L, H, A)

Learning Disabilities Support Group
Offering advice to parents of children with learning disabilities, networking with other groups and promoting the needs of children with learning disabilities.

, National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities
NICHCY is the national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues. Anyone can use our services - families, educators, administrators, journalists, students. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). (F, $, M)
P. O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013

New Life Assistance Dogs
Training service dogs to enable persons with physical disabilities to live more independent and meaningful lives, helping overcome architectural, service, and cultural barriers of society. (B, L)
1901 Olde Homestead Ln., Lancaster, PA 17605

Occupational Development Center
The Mission of the Occupational Developmental Center is to provide high quality and cost effective not-for-profit vocational training and employment opportunities for Lancaster County adults with developmental disabilities. (LC, A, F & $)
640 Martha Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601


PA's Initiative on Assistive Technology
Provides information, referral, training and advice regarding funding for assistive technology. Also manages PA's statewide Assistive Technology Lending Library, for loans and devices. (F, B, L, H)
Institute of Disabilities at Temple University
423 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore St., Phila., PA 19122
215-204-1356 TTY

Parent-To-Parent of PA
Network created by families for families of children with special needs, connecting families in similar situations so they may share experiences, offer practical information and/or provide support. (F, B, L, H)

Providing residential, vocational and family supports for people with disabilities, including summer camp, foster care, temporary respite, in-home supports, senior day program and senior home support. (B).
131 N. 9th St., Reading, PA 19601

Shreiber Pediatric Rehab Center
Providing physical, occupational and speech therapy, preschool and recreational programs to children with disabilities and developmental delays. (SS, I, G, L, A)
625 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603

Sibling Support Group
Offers opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. (F, G, L)
630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601

S.June Smith Center Infant/Toddler Program
Providing early intervention services at home, childcare or other community setting for children to age 3 meeting eligibility requirements, as per their individualized family service plan. (F, L)
600 Eden Rd., Bldg. 1, Lancaster, PA 17601

The Special Kids Network
Trained telephone counselors providing information and referrals on education, health care products/services, social services/counseling, support/advocacy and therapy for families of children with special needs. (F, B, L, H, M)
1901 Olde Homestead Ln., Lancaster, PA 17605

Spina Bifida Association of Greater PA
Serves individuals born with Spina Bifida, their families and caregivers with financial assistance, outreach, equipment loan, monthly newsletters, library, conferences and community programs. (F, G, B, L, D)
209 E. State St., Suite B, Quarryville, PA 17566

Stuttering Foundation of America
Providing resources, services, support and helpline for those who stutter and their families as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. (F, G, B, L, H, D, M)

Supportive Concepts for Families
Providing programs to improve the quality of life of mentally challenged adults and children. ($, B, L, H, D, M)
200 Penn St., Reading, PA 19602

Threshold Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
Vocational, social, educational and residential services for adults with a disability. (F, B, M)
1000 Lancaster Ave., Reading, PA 19607

United Disability Services
Website provides links through its “Independent Living Resource Center,” “Home Medical Equipment,” “Home Modifications,” and “Services” tabs that includes a Service Dogs Program, Custom Wheelchair Seating, Employment Services, a Transition School, and fun programs, such as Football & Cheerleading. (L, A, F, $)
1901 Olde Homestead Lane
PO Box 10485
Lancaster, PA 17605

Variety Club Camp
Providing year-round & summer recreational programming for children with special needs, including camp, baseball, tennis, swimming, soccer, karate, basketball, weekend retreats, arts & crafts, dance, music. ($, I, B, L, D)
2950 Potshop Rd., Worchester, PA 19490


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